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Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House....
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Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy....
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Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

MOSCOW (AP) -- From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah....
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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being....
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Feds announce Uganda-based counterfeiting charges

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Federal authorities in Pittsburgh are set to announce criminal charges against a man accused of leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda....
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Charlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree

READING, Pa. (AP) -- Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief....
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Mummers to march in Philadelphia for Mardi Gras

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The group whose New Year's parade has been dubbed Philadelphia's Mardi Gras says it'll put on an actual Mardi Gras celebration next year....
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Parent finds slain man in car at Pittsburgh school

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh elementary school was placed on lockdown after a parent there to pick up his daughter found a dead body in a car outside....
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Suspect arrested in Philadelphia arson attacks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with two intentionally set fires at a Philadelphia home....
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$8M lawsuit claims cover-up in Pa. police killing

SPRINGETTSBURY, Pa. (AP) -- The family of a knife-and-scissor-wielding man whose fatal shooting by central Pennsylvania police was captured on dashboard video says the local prosecutor covered up what happened....
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Ax, machete, pill bottles near rampage suspect

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Former Marines who served with a man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives said he fought constantly with her, although a Veterans Administration psychiatrist deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts a week before the deadly rampage....
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Corbett weighs options in final weeks as governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- His days as Pennsylvania governor numbered, Gov. Tom Corbett says his options for life outside of government could include working on a 2016 presidential campaign....
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New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits....
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High court reinstates teen killer's death sentence

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week reinstated the death sentence of a man who killed a church deacon as a teen and later said the victim had sexually abused him....
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Opinion Poll

KQV/Trib Total Media Listener Poll
Do you think Congress should lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba? <More Info>

Yes:
No:
Yes:
52%
No:
48%
Total Votes: 7,522

Yesterday's Poll

Do you agree with City Councilman Burgess's proposal that would prohibit the Bureau of Police from acquiring military equipment or weaponry from the Department of Defense?

No:
65%
Yes:
35%
Total Votes: 11,222

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